A High Protein Ride

Last month I was invited to a fun Earth Ride, hosted by ProYo and Flywheel Sports to benefit the Charles River Watershed Association. ProYo is a high protein frozen yogurt created by Nathan Carey. He was inspired to make ProYo after a severe weight lifting injury that required months of rehabilitation. During his stay he observed…

Fast and Easy Udon Noodle Soup

Like most folks, I grew up eating canned soup. But as soon as I realized that making soup is the easiest thing in the world, I’ve never gone back. There may be some washing, dicing and slicing involved, but after everything is transferred to a pot, you’re free to go just letting the ingredients simmer,…

How To Eat a More Plant-Based Diet

I don’t relate to people who say they loathe grocery shopping. In the right store at an ideal time without crowds of people, food shopping is therapy to me. Bright lights, energizing colors, familiarity and ample choices make the experience more gratifying than clothes shopping…or at least close to it! I’ve always thought how great…

Pour a Glass of Whole Fat or Low Fat?

Earlier this month, milk was thrust into the spotlight questioning if Americans may be better off drinking whole milk instead of the common choice of skim. After decades of learning that skim or 1% milk is the best choice for heart health, this notion was a bit unsettling. I’d like to know the answer because…

Super Moist Vegan Brownies

It’s been a while since I’ve baked something sweet because I’m always focused on finding weekday meal recipes. Lately though I’ve been craving chocolate, stealing my son’s M&Ms, chocolate chip cookies, etc. So I was curious to try a decadent looking avocado-based brownie by Gimme Some Oven. I always have at least 4 avocados in…

Zoodles with Soba Noodles

You probably know what zoodles are by now—zucchini that has been cut into spirals or long strands that look like noodles. Paleo and low carb fanatics love the stuff, using zoodles in recipes that normally call for regular spaghetti. I’m not convinced that a bowl of zoodles covered in marina sauce tastes quite the same,…

Low Carb Creamy Avocado Pasta

It’s ironic how avocado has become such a regular part of my meals, when growing up I wouldn’t go near one. My mom would chase me with spoonfuls to taste because she adored them so. Now I’m a believer: a perfectly ripe avocado is creamy and delightful, and enhances everything from salads to grains to…

Super Salads

Remember when a salad used to mean a chunk of iceberg lettuce and a few slices of tomato drowned in creamy dressing and Bacos bits? And yes I’ll admit that tasted pretty good! But salads have now evolved into a flavorful art form with an endless stew of ingredients. Trendy are hearty grain salads that…

Best Fruit Pizza Ever

I love simple ideas that make me wonder “why didn’t I think of this before?” such as this fruit pizza. I used a whole wheat pita to provide a sturdy base. You not only get antioxidant-rich fruits but equally potent cinnamon, nuts and peanut butter for extra nutrients and lasting satisfaction. The base is Greek yogurt…

Fiesta Bean Salad with Quinoa (Ensalada Fiesta con Frijoles y Quínoa)

This recipe was featured during a bilingual diabetes cooking class I had taught at the hospital offering Latino recipes. I’ve seen a growing number of Latino patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. The challenge is that beans and rice is such an important staple of their diets, often eaten 2-3 times a day. Some have…

Sweet Potato Fries with Feta

Do you crave something a little salty and a little sweet? Try these delicious homemade baked fries! Peel and slice a large sweet potato into strips and arrange in single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and some black pepper, then bake at 400 F for 15 minutes. Flip fries and bake…

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

I’ve been drinking a few cups of green tea every day for the past few years. I do enjoy the taste but more than that I’ve noticed that since I began drinking the brew I’ve experienced fewer cold viruses. So now when I have a scratchy throat, instead of popping vitamin C pills I drink…